Emika Abe is Assistant Managing Director at the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA). In this intersectional role, she supports the organization’s operations, general management, and strategic projects. She co-chairs the Alliance’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and chairs the Mentorship Subcommittee of LORT’s EDI Initiative. Emika holds an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management. At Yale, she led a team to raise $250k to support social sector internships and produced numerous shows at Yale Cabaret. Emika has previously held positions at theatres including Yale Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Akiba Abaka is the audience development manager at ArtsEmerson. A distinguished director, dramatist, producer, actor and arts educator, Ms. Abaka has 20+ years of experience bringing theater to diverse communities throughout Greater Boston. As a practitioner she is committed to utilizing theater for the purpose of community development and civic transformation. Her service to the field includes Steering Committee, Berkshire Leadership Summit; Advisory Committee, Black Theatre Commons; Founder/Producing Artistic Director, Up You Mighty Race Company; Host Committee, TCG National Conference (Boston); Lead Theater Teaching Artist, Boch Center; Board Member, Boston Children’s Theatre; Community Member, Boston Children’s Chorus Innovation Team.
C.J. Astronomo is a Filipino Canadian who was born and raised in Toronto. She attended Ryerson Theatre School (RTS) where she specialized in lighting design and management. Immediately after graduating in 2010, she was hired by RTS as a full-time intern. Once her contract at RTS ended, she freelanced around Toronto as a technician and lighting designer. Since 2012, C.J. has also worked at the Stratford Festival as an assistant lighting designer for the last 6 seasons. While off-contract, she has continued to freelance and has had the opportunity to work around Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand.
Louisa Balch is currently the General Manager of Laguna Playhouse where she oversees contracting, finance, human resources, and front of house for a $5 million organization with over 300 performances a year. She was previously the Associate Managing Director for the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre, Company Manager for Yale Repertory Theatre, and Managing Director Fellow for Susan Medak at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She holds an MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with a BA in Theatre and minor in Business.
Leah Barish is a theatre producer and fundraiser working in Chicago, IL. Since January 2017, she has served as the Managing Director of Strawdog Theatre Company. Leah has worked in Individual Giving at Z Space and American Conservatory Theatre, both in San Francisco. She began her career at Berkeley Repertory Theater first as the Company Management Fellow and then as the Company Manager for The Ground Floor’s second summer playwriting lab. She currently serves on the board of FaultLine Theater Company, and as a the Producer of Affinity Project, a performance ensemble based in San Francisco.
Eva Barrie is a Toronto-based director, actor and creator who has created art in Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Canada and the USA. She’s a graduate of Ryerson University’s Acting Program and has trained with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in Saratoga Springs and NYC. Her writing has been supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Gargantua, DaPoPo Theatre and Thearefront. Her diverse creation practises made her the Co-Program Director of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators Lab, a lab celebrating alternative theatre-making. Eva is the Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Ruff.
Devon Berkshire and has an expansive background in events, non-profits, and theatre. By 2010 she’d co-founded two production companies, before joining TCG in 2012. With TCG, Devon has produced six National Conferences, and 13 convenings total, in various U.S. cities.; co-launched a Gender Equity Think Tank; and led conversations around parenting in the theatre. Devon joined the Steering Committee of the Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts; blogs at fempresario.wordpress.com; holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the ART Institute/Harvard/MXAT. She lives in Brooklyn with her two kids and husband.
Anne Bertram is a founding Artistic Associate of Theatre Unbound and currently serves as Executive Director. Her work as a playwright has been seen in venues from off-Off Broadway to middle-school classrooms in Fargo, as well as Theatre Unbound bestsellers Murderess and The Good Fight. Awards and commissions include Northwestern University’s Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award (for “lovehateforgive”), The Playwrights’ Center’s Jones Commission (for The Donner Gold), Studio Z’s Playwright in Electronic Residence Commission (for St. Luke’s), and the Tennessee Williams One-Act Prize (for “Liability”).
Passionate about arts advocacy and community engagement, Sara Brookner works at ArtsEmerson in Boston, MA as their Foundation Relations Manager. A freelance dramaturg, she’s worked with Fresh Ink Theatre, Boston Public Works, Whistler in the Dark, and the American Repertory Theater and its Institute. She serves on the StageSource board, MASSCreative’s leadership council, and the Alliance for Jewish Theater’s board. She received her MFA in dramaturgy from the A.R.T./Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, her BA from Dickinson College in theatre and dance, and a certificate in community-based theatre from Cornerstone Theater’s summer institute.
Kamilah Bush is a graduate of The University of North Carolina where she earned a BFA in Theatre Education. This is her second season with Triad Stage and is also the new co-artistic director of Paper Lantern Theatre for Our Tomorrow. She grew up in Gastonia, NC and there she fostered her love for theatre. A Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival award winning playwright, her play What. was produced by the Bennett Players at Bennett College and she was a finalist in the Quicksilver Playwrights of Color Summit 2017.
Kristen Adele Calhoun is the Producing Manager of the Billie Holiday Theatre and RestorationART, the founding Program Director of ArtChangeUS, a co-producer of Interfest and the Assistant Editor of Contemporary Plays by Women of Color. She previously worked as a consultant for the Arts and Culture portfolio of the Ford Foundation. She is currently co-writing Canfield Drive, a play about Ferguson, Missouri under the commission of 651 Arts in Brooklyn and The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre. A native of Dallas, Texas, she is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. www.KristenAdele.net
Heather Cant is an accomplished theatre practitioner who has worked as an actor, director, playwright, creator, and producer across Canada for the past 19 years. She is a graduate of Gastown Actors’ Studio and the Advanced Arts & Entertainment Management program at Capilano University. She is alumni of Directors Lab North, the Arts Club Actors’ Intensive, and the Masterclass of Canada’s National Voice Intensive. Heather is a former Artistic Producer for Project X Theatre and A Defiant Theatre Company and, after 6 seasons, she ends her tenure as Associate Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre in November 2017.
Tatyana-Marie Carlo is a theatre director from Miami, FL. She is currently a MFA directing candidate at Brown University. Previously she was the Associate Director of Seminole Theatre, a performing arts center in Homestead, FL, which she helped re-open, after being closed for over 40 years. Prior to Seminole Theatre, she was the Artistic Director of MicroTheaterMiami. MicroTheater hails from Spain, and performs 15-minute plays in 20 X 8 shipping containers. Previous directing credits include; Reefer Madness, Clybourne Park, and most recently Real Women Have Curves. She received her BFA from New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida.
Elena Chang is the associate director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Previously, Chang served as program director of the Asian American Arts Alliance where she was responsible for the development, design/communications, and management of all artist-focused programs. Elena is a dedicated arts administrator and arts activist having spearheaded multiple film, theatre, and visual arts projects advocating for social change by exploring the intersections between art, culture, and activism. She was honored for her arts and LGBTQ advocacy work with Asian Pride Project by the White House Asian American and Pacific Islander Champions of Change Initiative.
Jamila Cobham is currently the Production Manager at California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining Cal Shakes, Jamila was a freelance Stage Manager and Event Producer throughout the Caribbean and the US for the past 13 years. Some of her credits include: Stage Manager, SF Bay Area Theater Company; Event Planner, Barbados’ National Cultural Foundation; Stage Manager, Fieldtech Staging Solutions Inc.; Production Assistant, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Jamila was born and raised in Barbados and holds a MFA in Production Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Patsy Collins Bandes is currently in her 13th year at Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BCB). She serves as the Project Manager and Associate Producer for the Theater, where she oversees a season of 20 shows including musicals, plays, devised works, and premieres. She also produces the New York showcase for graduating students, coordinates guest artist residencies and performances, and serves as the department liaison for all production related matters. Other companies for which she has stage managed include North Shore Music Theatre, Prometheus Dance, Boston Children’s Chorus, Intermezzo Chamber Opera, and the Denver Center Theatre Company (1998 Tony Award).
Angela Combest has done nearly everything one can do in the arts: performed, designed sets, taught kids to use power tools at a summer theatre school, drove a van around the country stage managing shows everywhere from cafa-gym-atoriums to grand old road houses, and served as Executive Director of a national and international touring dance company in Chicago. After seven years alone in her basement dyeing yarn, she has been lured back above ground and serves as Chester Theatre Company’s Marketing and Development Director.
A member of the faculty at Sacramento City College since 2005, Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin has been working in the local theatre community since 1994. She recently founded an all-female Shakespeare ensemble, Wildflower Women’s Ensemble, to provide free Shakespeare in the park to her community and opportunities for women to explore traditionally male roles. As an artistic fellow of both Sacramento Shakespeare Festival (SSF) and City Theatre, she takes on both administrative and artistic positions with those organizations including directing, management and education. She is the program director of the High School Intern Program for SSF which she created in 2004.
Celine Delcayre is a dramaturgically minded and financially inclined arts administrator searching for opportunities engage with the intersection of arts and the community. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a B.S. in Business Management. Celine has been working for Playwrights Realm, currently as General Manager, since September 2016. She has also been affiliated with the Pear Avenue Theater, Silicon Valley Shakespeare, Playground SF, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the Lark Play Development Center. She did freelance work in dramaturgy and theater administration, working with NYMF, PoNY, the Arthur Miller Foundation, and others.
Deanna Downes, Ph.D., M.F.A., is an artist, a scholar and a businesswoman focused on re-imaging and radicalizing process, production, performance and participation live performance arts for, by, with and in community. As an artist Deanna has been a creative consultant, which entails dramaturgy, dance, directing and producing. Deanna has also expanded her creative consulting to serve a few clientele in the private sector. As a scholar Deanna’s research is a rediscovery of the work of three black female playwrights in the years 1915-1920, and an identification of them as early practitioners of a queer black feminist theatre aesthetic.
Tracey Erbacher is a director with a passion for fierce, feminist, activist theater, including re-imaginings of classic texts and the development of new work. She is the Artistic Director of Theatre Prometheus, a DC-based nonprofit company focused on exploring and promoting women-focused, diverse narratives. Directing credits with Theatre Prometheus include: Abortion Road Trip (Winner, Best Comedy, 2017 Capital Fringe Festival), [gay] Cymbeline (2017), [all lady] Macbeth (2016), and The Second Coming of Joan of Arc (2015 Capital Fringe Festival). Tracey trained at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute, and graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Drama.
Hannah Fenlon is Associate Director of Conferences and Fieldwide Learning at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and Communications and Alumni Manager for artEquity. She worked as a freelance producer and casting director in Chicago (where she co-founded Two Birds Casting, a casting facilitation service for theatre) as well as with Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, A Red Orchid Theatre, Creative Capital, The Juilliard School, and as an Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago. She received a BA in Drama from Kenyon College and an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University.
Rachel Fink* is a producer, educator, arts advocate, cultural leader and mentor, currently serving as Managing Director of Theatre Bay Area. Prior to TBA, Rachel Fink founded Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s School of Theatre which she led for 16 years and where she developed nationally-recognized arts-centered vocational and avocational programs for youth, teens and adults. Rachel has been a member of the British Council’s Cultural Leadership International Programme, American Express/Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders, 2016 artEquity cohort, and has planned numerous convenings to address issues of inequity and access in arts leadership. BA: CWRU. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
*Berkshire Leadership Summit Steering Committee Member, Chair
Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll currently serves as the General Manager for the internationally recognized Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where she is the main line producer for the company. Karena also functions as the General Manager for the multi-disciplinary ensemble company, UNIVERSES. Karena is also a freelance arts management strategist and artist representative, partnering with individual artists and ensembles whose work gives voice to underrepresented stories and perspectives. She is part of Enrich Chicago, a movement of Chicago-based arts leaders who are committed to eradicating racial inequity in the arts, in addition to being a consortium member of the Chicago Dancemakers Forum.
Aislinn Frantz is a producer, dramaturg, and playwright currently based in Connecticut, where she is the Associate Producer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Prior to the O’Neill, Aislinn was the Literary Associate at Bret Adams, Ltd. Aislinn also held positions in literary offices at Manhattan Theatre Club, Portland Stage Company (Maine), the O’Neill, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Through the O’Neill, she has also collaborated with the Jim Henson Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the Mystic Aquarium. Graduate of the University of Michigan’s Bachelor in Theatre Arts program.
Kelly Galvin is a theatremaker from the Berkshires. She is currently directing The Last Wife with WAM Theatre, where she previously served as Artistic Associate. Directing: Southwest Shakespeare (Photograph 51), Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (Memorial), Shakespeare & Company (The Clean House reading, Fall Festival of Shakespeare), Boston University School of Theatre (The Cherry Orchard, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Duchess of Malfi, The Tall Girls). Assistant Directing: Bedlam NYC, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare & Company. Directing Observership: Huntington Theatre. Artistic Development & Directing Internship: Arena Stage. MFA: Directing, Boston University. BA: Political Science, Wellesley College.
Ann Garner recently relocated to Philadelphia to become the Managing Director of InterAct Theatre Company, which is dedicated to commissioning, developing, and producing new and contemporary plays that explore the social, political, and cultural issues of our time. Previous positions include Managing Director, Berkshire Playwrights Lab (Great Barrington, MA); Co-founder Plumline Productions (Easthampton, MA); Co-founder, Renaissance Center Theater Company (UMass Amherst) and a variety of positions with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare & Company, Chester Theatre, Hampshire Shakespeare. Ann is an award-winning teacher and writer. She holds a PhD in Renaissance Drama.
Adriana Gaviria is an actress, voice-over artist, writer and creative producer. She is founding member and artistic producer of The Sol Project, TV producer and World Theatre Map ambassador for HowlRound and serves on the steering committees for both the Parent Artist Advocacy League and Latinx Theatre Commons. She is a graduate of the 2017 NALAC Leadership Institute. Other Awards/Fellowships include: Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC)/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Artistic Leader Fellow, Fox Fellow, NHFA/HSF Scholarship recipient. BFA: Florida International University, MFA: Yale School of Drama She is a proud member of HOLA, SAG-AFTRA and the Actors’ Equity Association. www.adrianagaviria.com
Maddie Gaw is a dramaturg and arts administrator. She is currently the Literary Manager at Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco, and the Development Associate at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. As a dramaturg she’s collaborated with Marin Theatre Company, The Custom Made Theatre Co., and Constellation Theatre Company. As a producer she’s collaborated with 6NewPlays (Erin Bregman’s THAT IT ALL MAKES PERFECT) and LMDA (2017 LMDA Conference). As a script reader she has collaborated with American Conservatory Theater, Cleveland Play House, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Native Voices at the Autry, The Playwrights Realm, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. maddiegaw.com
Tuled Giovanazzi has worked in every theatre in Calgary, Alberta Canada, and with various companies across western Canada. Select Stage Management credits include Love Lies Bleeding, Alice in Wonderland (Alberta Ballet) Juliet & Romeo, Gravity Players, Turn Up the Get Down (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks), tour of When That I Was (Uncle Will Productions), The Lover, Oh Christmas Tree! (Lunchbox Theatre). Select Production Management credits include Downstage 2011 to 2016 season, and Canadian Badlands Passion Play 2009 to 2011. Tuled has also worked corporate shows like the Grandstand at Calgary Stampede, the SAM awards, and film festivals in Calgary with REEL Canada.
Ruth Goodwin is an actor, producer and writer from Toronto. She is a founding member of The Howland Company, has produced for CTV, BBC, been published in The Globe and Mail and performed on various stages and screens throughout Toronto. Select Theatre: 52 Pick-Up (Best of Toronto Fringe), Like Mother, Like Daughter (Why Not Theatre), take rimbaud (The Howland Company), Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (Patron’s Pick – Toronto Fringe) Select Media: Save Me (CBC), Workin’ Moms (CBC), Designated Survivor (ABC), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Lost Girl (Syfy). Ruth is also the Host of Intermission Magazine’s web series The Show Show.
Stephanie Graham is a director, award-winning choreographer, producer and arts educator with over twenty years experience. She is currently the Intern Artistic Director at the Musical Stage Company in Toronto. The Musical Stage Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to musical theatre. She performed across Canada including three seasons at the Stratford Festival and five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival before transitioning to the creative side of the table. Stephanie is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College, home of the Canadian Musical Theatre Project where Come From Away had its first workshop. www.stephaniegraham.ca
A South Louisiana transplant, Ty Hallmark has been active in the D.C. Metro theatre community for nearly 15 years. In November 2016, she launched Ally Theatre Company, an organization dedicated to producing work that elevates and highlights underrepresented voices. Prior to founding Ally she worked for Advocates for Youth as their Company and Tour Manager for Remarkably Normal, an original piece that used real-life interviews to explore issues around abortion and abortion access. Ty is the Associate Member at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company where her prior roles include Lady Fidget in The Country Wife, Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac, and others.
Pamela Halstead is a freelance director, dramaturg, actor, teacher and arts consultant. She is the former Artistic Director of Lunchbox Theatre and Ship’s Company Theatre. In her 10 years between these two companies she dramaturged, directed and/or produced over 60 productions. Pamela is co-founder and Artistic Producer of Halifax’s DMV Theatre, Co-Executive Director of Valley Summer Theatre, and the PERFORM! Coordinator for Theatre Nova Scotia, Dance NS and the NS Choral Federation. Pamela was awarded the inaugural Evans Award at the Calgary Critics’ Awards in 2013 for her contribution to the vibrancy of the Calgary theatre community.
Molly Hennighausen serves as the Executive Director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). NYSSSA is comprised of seven component schools offering intensive pre-professional training in a variety of disciplines to young artists who study with professional artists. The program is associated with the New York City Ballet, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to this role, Molly served as the Managing Director of Dorset Theatre Festival and the Yale Cabaret. She received her BA from Ithaca College and MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama.
Julie Hennrikus has been the Executive Director of StageSource since 2011. Prior to that she worked at Emerson College, as the General Manager of Emerson Stage. She continues to teach arts management classes as adjunct faculty. Prior to Emerson, she was the Program Manager of the Memorial Hall/Lowell Hall Complex at Harvard University for ten years. Julie is on the leadership council of MASSCreative, and serves on several committees in the arts community. Julie is a published author with mystery series. She writes the Clock Shop mysteries as Julianne Holmes, and the Theater Cop mystery series as J.A. Hennrikus.
Rachel Spencer Hewitt, founder of PAAL, has been researching and writing on the parent-artist experience for over three years. Rachel recently participated in a gender equity think tank representing parent artists at the 2017 Theatre Communications Group National Conference and hosted four forums on Motherhood in Theatre this year. She received a MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama and earned her equity card understudying and performing at the Yale Repertory Theater. She recently moved to Chicago and has founded a national online community and resource initiative on motherhood in the theater arts on her blog AuditioningMom.com.
Esther Jun is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, but studied acting in Vancouver/New York City and directing in London. Upon her return to Toronto, Esther began working with a diverse range of companies across Ontario such as fu-Gen, Cahoots, Obsidian, Nightwood , Soulpepper and Buddies in Bad Times. In 2015 Esther returned to her first love, the classics, and was a Neil Munro Intern Director at the Shaw Festival and in 2016 was part of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at The Stratford Festival. In addition, she is currently the Assistant Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre.
Teresa Kilzi is a dramaturg and musical theatre scholar completing her Master of Arts degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is involved in season curation and audience engagement. Her research focuses on dramatic and theoretical analyses of the works of Stephen Sondheim and gender performance/performativity dynamics in opera. As a theatre maker and academic, she is committed to looking at production practice and scholarship through an actively intersectional lens. Kilzi received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theatre Studies and Music from the University of Central Florida.
Lia Kozatch has many years of experience working in the performing arts field, and theatre is her passion. She has worked with numerous organizations in Colorado and California. She will be attending graduate school in 2018 for arts management and cultural policy and hopes to connect her experience at the summit with her graduate studies and beyond.
Annie G. Levy is a theatre maker whose work often revolves around modern mythology, historical turning points, and scientific breakthroughs. She is the head of the MFA Directing Program at the University of Alabama. Annie is a founding member of World Wide Lab and has co-directed with the collective since 2011. She has also created new work with warner | shaw, Northwood Theatre Company, and various other theatres, including City Center, Dixon Place, HERE, New Ohio Theatre, and Theatre at the Tank. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab and an associate member of SDC. www.annieglevy.com
Marcela Lorca currently directs the Guthrie Theater’s Company Development Department, which oversees the organizations’s actor training programs. She joined the Guthrie in 1991, after leaving her native Chile, and worked for 20 years as Movement Director, Choreographer and Director. She has directed in regional theaters like McCarter, OSF, Syracuse Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Missouri Rep, Mixed Blood Theater and the Guthrie. Her work is driven by the desire to give opportunities to women and artists of color and to direct plays that investigate diverse cultures and new theatrical forms. She also directs devised plays with a primary focus on current events.
Shellen Lubin works professionally as songwriter, playwright, director, actor/singer, and vocal/acting coach. Currently artistic directing Untold Stories of Jewish Women for March 2018 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Performed her poetry in the last Made in the Berkshires festival. Co-President of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition. VP of Membership for the League of Professional Theatre Women. Her reflections on artistry and life have been featured in five philosophical cover pieces for Back Stage Publications and are read weekly in her Monday Morning Quotes (www.mondaymorningquotes.com). Proud member SDC, DG, AEA+. www.shellenlubin.com
Natasha MacLellan is the Artistic Producer of Ship’s Company Theatre, in Parrsboro, NS. In order to survive in the theatre she became adept at being everything from a performer, playwright, producer, teacher and/or director. She toured Canada multiple times in the award-winning Lauchie, Liza and Rory, with memorable stops at The Yukon Arts Centre and the National Arts Centre. She is a member of the board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), where and currently chairs the Professional Development Committee. Prior to this, she chaired its Rural Caucus, which gained much momentum and galvanized rural theatres across Canada.
Shafer Mazow* is a writer, theater artist, fundraiser, and activist working in program development and strategic initiatives at the intersection of art, science, and social justice. He served as Director of Institutional Giving and Strategy at A.C.T., leading foundation, government, and corporate fundraising as well as development of special initiatives, including the Women’s Leadership Project. He holds a B.A. in English from Wellesley College and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College. In his early days, Shafer performed stand-up and sketch comedy throughout the Bay Area and was a founding member of the all-woman troupe, This Side of Butch. *Berkshire Leadership Summit Steering Committee Member
Porsche McGovern is a lighting designer. Regionally, she designed We Are Proud to Present… (Playmakers Repertory Company), A Single Shard (People’s Light and Theatre Company), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). She has an MFA from California Institute for the Arts and a BA from St. Lawrence University. Porsche is the New York City Center Music Director Fellowship Coordinator. She also researches gender of designers, directors, and artistic directors in LORT theatres, published by Howlround. She is a proud member of USA 829’s Diversity Committee and the artEquity 2016 cohort. She writes for Stage Directions’ Illuminations blog.
Tracy Liz Miller is the Co-Founding Producing Artistic Director of The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre, Director of Theatre Arts at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and former Associate Producer of Vermont Shakespeare Festival. AEA/SAG-AFTRA, SDC member. Freelance Actor/Director. Currently based in Arizona. www.tracylizmiller.com and www.bridgeinit.com.
Nicole Miller Marks is a Philadelphia and New York-based director and playwright. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of 21st Ward Theater Company. She has also worked with Pig Iron Theatre Co., Delaware Theatre Co., Revolution Shakespeare, 11th Hour Theater Co., Revamp Collective, Avenue Theater Co., among others. She is a proud member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Directors Lab North, the Dramatist Guild and is serving as a judge for the Barrymore Awards for Theatrical Excellence in Philadelphia for the 2017-18 season.
Margaret Morneau is a local director/actor/producer, currently working with Resurrection Theatre in Sacramento. Margaret graduated from CSU Sacramento with her Master’s degree in Theatre and a concentration in directing. She has studied with Steppenwolf Theatre company co-founder Jeff Perry. Some of her favorite shows she has directed are Burn This, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Glass Menagerie, and The Sleeper. She is currently working on Balm in Gilead by Lanford Wilson for production in March in Sacramento. Margaret is also an actor; her most recent role is Heather in Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams.
Tara Moses is the co-producing Artistic Director of #BingeTheatreCompany, a director, occasional playwright, and citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. She produced and directed a series of new play workshops as the first Senior Artistic Director Fellow at Arena Stage (DC) under the close mentorship of Molly Smith. Her works have been seen and developed with companies throughout the states and Ireland. She is a proud alum of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program and Director’s Lab of Lincoln Center Theater. She is also a humbled recipient of the Thomas C. Fichandler Award. www.taramoses.com
Dr. Shondrika Moss-Bouldin is the proud co-founder of Soulploitation Creative Works (www.scworks.tv), a multimedia production company based out of Atlanta and Los Angeles. The company motto states: “since our imagination is endless, our work is never done”. Dr. Moss-Bouldin currently works as an artist/scholar (teaching in higher education and creating art). She earned all of her degrees (BA, MA, PhD) from Northwestern University and she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study in South Africa. She enjoys directing, choreographing, and producing fearless art. Recently she directed the play, Ruined at Hattiloo Theatre and she is currently developing a new musical.
Shannon Musgrave is Associate Artistic Director for Salt Lake Acting Company, where she has worked since 2008. She pursued her MA in Arts Management from American University in Washington, D.C. from 2012-2014. During her time in D.C., Shannon worked in the Artistic Development department of Arena Stage and as Development Director for Flying V Theatre. While writing her thesis on new play development, Shannon was a directing apprentice for the Kennedy Center’s Directing Intensive: Developing the New Play. Shannon also served as Executive Chair for the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium – a conference produced in conjunction with National Arts Advocacy Day.
Erica Nagel is the Director of Education and Engagement at McCarter Theatre Center. As a senior member of the artistic staff, she oversees a variety of youth and community programs for learners of all ages. Erica also teaches courses in Community-based Performance and Performance as Socila Change at Princeton University. Previously, Erica served as the Artistic Engagement Manager at McCarter, connecting literary, producing, and educational projects under the umbrella of audience and community engagement. She is a proud recipient of the TCG New Generations Future Leaders grant. MFA in Performance as Public Practice from UT Austin.
Brenna Nicely is an arts administrator, educator, theater director, dramaturg, translator, and writer currently based in Greater Boston. She serves as the Education and Community Programs Manager at American Repertory Theater. In pedagogical practice, Brenna uses storytelling, theater techniques and creative expression with students to increase understanding of history, self, others, and the world. In creative practice, Brenna communicates with audiences through interdisciplinary collaboration, exploration of environment, and artistic innovation. In administrative practice, Brenna creates accessible pathways to world-class theater experiences through open listening, conversation, and developing ideas of the radical welcome in an industry that is often deemed inaccessible.
Bridget Kathleen O’Leary is a Boston-based theater maker and educator specializing in directing and new play development. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director at New Repertory Theatre, where she has worked since 2008. Bridget serves on the Executive Committee of the National New Play Network as their Literary Chair. She has served on the selection committees for the NNPN showcase of new works, The Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwrights Workshop and PlayPenn. Bridget earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing and a Certificate in Arts Administration from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. She lives in Watertown, MA.
Abigail Pañares is the Individual Giving Manager at Z Space. She is responsible for executing individual giving initiatives and strategy, fundraising campaigns, special events, patron services, board recruitment, and new audience acquisition. Abigail is the Founder of BAD Rep Theatre, a performance group dedicated to providing artists, predominantly, but not exclusively of Asian American heritage with a collaborative space to create and perform original work. Prior to working at Z Space, she was the Individual Giving Manager and Special Events Coordinator at the American Conservatory Theater. She has a BA in Film from UC Berkeley.
Elizabeth Pangburn is a designer and educator committed to making ethical and sustainable work. She designs for theater, dance, opera and film, and is the Guest Artist in Costume Design at Mount Holyoke College. She co-founded TheatreTruck, a laboratory collaborative that explores new methodologies.
Becca Parker landed in Buford GA after having done almost every job in theatre all over the country. She began working in theatre as a very young child, and never looked back. She holds a degree in Music and Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and a Masters in Special Education. Upon arriving in GA, she founded Live Arts Theatre, a community focused teaching theatre, where she currently serves as Artistic Director. She loves sharing her passion for theatre with others and watching them grow from talented students into full fledged professionals.
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Statera Foundation, a national service organization for women in theatre, Melinda Pfundstein Vaughn also serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Southern Utah University. Advocate, Actor, Director, Educator, and Mother of three daughters, she resides in Cedar City, UT, with Statera team members across the country. In addition to hosting two national conferences on gender balance, with a third announced for Fall of 2018 in Milwaukee, WI, Statera Foundation offers a mentorship program for women in the arts.
Karen Altree Piemme is an accomplished director, actor, dramaturg, workshop facilitator and acting instructor, specializing in social justice theatre and community access to the arts. Ms. Piemme is the Director of the Red Ladder Theatre Company, a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning social justice theatre company, which empowers marginalized populations in our community by helping them develop positive life-skills through the art form of theatre. She spent 21 years with San Jose Repertory Theatre, where she was the Director of Outreach and Resident Dramaturg. Prior to that, she spent five years at Arena Stage’s groundbreaking Living Stage Theatre Company.
Lisa Portes is a director, educator and leader dedicated to expanding the circle of Americans reflected in 21st century American theatre. A founding member of the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC), Lisa serves as lead producer of the LTC Carnaval, a festival of new Latina/o plays. Awards include the SDC 2016 Zelda Fichandler Award and the TCG Spark Fellowship for Leaders of Color. Lisa serves on the board of the TCG and heads the MFA Directing program at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Upcoming projects include Breach by Antoinette Nwandu (Victory Gardens) and Native Gardens by Karen Zacarias (Denver Center).
MJ Probst has been working within the professional theatre community of St. Louis, Missouri for 25 years. At 18 years old, she joined a seasonal box office staff, aspiring to be a stage manager and has worked her way up to fill positions on many stage management staffs around town including The Muny, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. In addition, MJ has filled as worked as production manager, box office & house manager, and actor housing manager. She is so fortunate to have the support of her partner, Kathie and 10 y/o daughter, ZZ.
Martha Richards is the Founder and Executive Director of WomenArts, formerly known as The Fund for Women Artists. Prior to WomenArts, Richards served as Executive Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College and as Managing Director of StageWest in Springfield, Massachusetts. She writes and lectures frequently on arts and cultural policy issues. Richards has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law. She was one of the founding directors of California Lawyers for the Arts.
Ali Joy Richardson is a director, producer, and writer and is the Artistic Producer of Toronto’s Paprika Festival which provides training/mentorship for young theatre artists. Originally from Nova Scotia, Ali’s made theatre in Edinburgh, Berlin, Halifax, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto in spaces including museums, office buildings, hospitals, and record shops. She recently co-wrote/directed a touring musical about mental health for ages 9-12 (Education Arts Canada) and wrote/directed a chapter of ANXIETY (Theatre Yes/Outside the March), a large-scale, interactive performance installation by six Canadian companies. She’s currently writing a play about a female jester with the support of Nightwood Theatre. www.alijoyrichardson.com
Dylan Russell has directed and developed new works at theatres including TheatreFirst, American Conservatory Theatre MFA Conservatory, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, African-American Shakespeare Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, The Marsh, and Actors Lab Arizona. Her works for the stage include Evanescence, Remote Control and the U.S. premiere of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. She is Chair of Visual & Performing Arts Department at Jewish Community High School of the Bay and has taught at California Shakespeare Festival, Northwestern University’s National High School Institute and Marin Theatre Company. Currently, she is Artistic Director of Dog² Productions developing new works and site-specific experiences.
Helen Schultz graduated from Emerson College in 2016. She currently works as a Literary Assistant at Bret Adams Ltd. Theatrical Agency and was named a Fall 2017 Organizing for Action Community Engagement Fellow by The Obama Foundation. As a writer, her work has appeared onstage at the New York Fringe Festival and online on HowlRound, Broadway.com, TheaterMania, and Stage & Candor. She is the recipient of the 2015 Playwrights Horizons fellowship and a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America. Helen lives in New York City.
Jordan Schwartz received her M.A. in Performing Arts Management from the University of Oregon and holds a B.A. in History from Bryn Mawr College. Most recently, she has been recognized by Theatre Communications Group as a Rising Leader of Color. While in graduate school at the University of Oregon, Schwartz began to focus on literary management and new play development with literary internships at Oregon Contemporary Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. She now serves as the Director of Literary Programs and Outreach for the Phoenix Theatre.
Phaedra Scott is a Boston based dramaturg and director. Phaedra has been a part of the artistic departments of Cleveland Play House, Huntington Theatre Company and Company One Theatre. Recent dramaturgy credits include Homecoming Queen (New Harmony Project), Ole White Sugah Daddy (The Boston Project), Can You Forgive Her? (Huntington Theatre Company. Directing Credits Include: SHE: A Choreoplay (HERE Performing Arts), weightless (TC2), I Don’t Know (Company One), Every 28 Hours (Company One/MFA). She is the recipient of the Bly Creative Capacity Grant, the Comegys Bight Fellowship and the Frederick Douglass Fellowship for her work on August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle.
Audrey Seraphin serves as the Membership & Capacity Building Manager at ArtsBoston, after a two-year stint as the Community & Inclusion Advocate at Central Square Theater. She graduated from Emerson College in December 2015 with a B.A. in Theatre Studies; Arts Management. She also enjoys acting, directing, and stage managing in the thriving Boston theatre scene, and was most recently seen performing in The Furnace Fringe Festival and in the booth for Heart & Dagger’s production of HAIR. She is a proud member of the steering committee for the Boston Network of Arts Administrators of Color (NAAC).
Shannon Sindelar is a theater director and producer based in New York. Her directing work has been seen at Performance Space 122, the Bushwick Starr, Prelude festival (NYC), Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, and Dobama Theatre (Cleveland). She served as the Producing Artistic Director of the Brooklyn-based company Brave New World Repertory Theatre, and has directed many productions with the cross-media performance group 31 Down. The Ontological’s Incubator program for independent artists garnered an Obie grant under her direction and in 2010 transitioned to become its own organization, where she served as its first Producing Director.
Brianna Sloane is a director, actor and maker based in Western MA. She is cofounder of TheatreTruck, a mother-owned company crafting mobile & site-specific performance; a laboratory for exploring methodology and making new work. In Chicago she served as Education Outreach Director for Piccolo Theatre as well as working artistically with Piccolo and various companies around the city for over a decade. Brianna holds an MFA from UMass Amherst (directing); BA, Hampshire College; Certificate, Accademia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy). She is currently Visiting Lecturer of Theatre Arts at Mt. Holyoke College, a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and a mom.
Nicole St. Martin is an actor and a co-artistic director. Under her leadership as Chair of the Conference Committee at the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), she helped gain childcare to conference members at no cost to parents. She chaired the Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee, which has since flourished with annual and bi-annual events that support member-created work and foster mentorship opportunities for women and members who identify as women in front of and behind the camera. She also co-produced the Get Women Working PSA which has been screened at major film festivals internationally including the Female Eye Film Festival.
Bronwyn Steinberg is currently interning in Artistic Direction at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Ottawa and is the founding Artistic Director and Series Curator for TACTICS, Ottawa’s innovative independent theatre series in residence at Arts Court Theatre. Directing credits include In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (Same Day Theatre – Prix Rideau Award winner for Outstanding Production) and the world premiere of Darrah Teitel’s Corpus (Counterpoint Players). She was the assistant director for Breath of Kings: Rebellion in 2016 at the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival.
Meg Sullivan, MFA, is the Executive Artistic Director of The Manton Avenue Project (MAP), a creative youth development focused arts organization in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, RI. Since 2011, she has grown MAP greatly by adding new core programs serving elementary through high school students year-round, while maintaining quality, long-term, student-centered experiences for students. Meg is also a co-producer of the Sweet Little Variety Show, a monthly feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, body-positive cabaret in downcity Providence. Meg serves on the advisory committee of FringePVD, New England’s only Fringe Festival, now in its third year.
Kristen van Ginhoven* is the Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, which she co-founded in 2010. Kristen is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and Canadian Actor’s Equity Association, and is a theatre artist for the International Schools Theatre Association. She was a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is a member of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival of Canada. She has a BA from Dalhousie University, BEd from Queen’s University and an MA from Emerson College, where she received the Presidential Fellowship. *Berkshire Leadership Summit Steering Committee Member, Chair
Terre Vandale is an artist, educator and administrator whose work seeks to expand assumptions about performance, who can make it, and where it happens. Terre is a lecturer in arts management for the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a teaching artist with Enchanted Circle Theater. Her expertise spans arts integration, program development, performance production, and grant research. As a company member with Anna Halprin, and as director of the Movement Arts Ensemble, Terre has performed and taught internationally since 2001. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (BA) and Goddard College (MFA Interdisciplinary Art).
Erin Michelle Washington of Montgomery, AL attended Florida A&M University and obtained her MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater. In 2009, Erin started Soul Productions, a company that exposes urban communities to emerging independent artists who are pioneering new approaches to music and theatre. Washington has created engagement strategizes for over ten major institutions. Recently serving as a Producing Associate at American Conservatory Theatre, she was a producer for the Women’s Leadership Conference and a Co-Creator of the Bayview Arts Festival. Currently living in Atlanta, GA she is building the Soul Center: Art, Conversation, Conversation, Community. www.soulc.org
Emma Watt is the Programming Manager at OBERON, a club theater venue dedicated to emerging artists and the second stage of American Repertory Theater. In her work as a producer, dramaturg, and teaching artist, Emma has focused on socially-engaged performance, new work, and connecting audiences to the creative process. Emma has worked as Artistic Director of Princeton Summer Theater, and held positions at McCarter Theater Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Opera. She’s directed plays for Latino Theater Projects, Live Girls! Theater, Princeton Summer Theater, and Theatre Intime, and developed new work with Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Seattle Playwright’s Circle, and Live Girls! Theatre.
Alexis Williams is a literary agent at Bret Adams Artists’ Agency. Before joining the Bret Adams Team, Alexis held positions at McCarter Theatre Center, Contemporary Stage Company, and served as Literary Manager for Detroit’s Planet Ant Theatre. In her time in the theatre she has worked as a director, a producer, a dramaturg, a teaching artist, and has assumed multiple other roles in the industry. Alexis is on the advisory board of SPACE on Ryder Farm, is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Denise Winter is in her 12th season with Key City Public Theatre (KCPT) where she brings nearly 30 years of professional theater experience to her role as the theater’s first Artistic Director. For KCPT she has directed, choreographed and starred in more than two dozen mainstage productions including many regional and world premieres. Prior to arriving in Washington, Denise served on the artistic staff of 6 Tony Award-winning theaters; helped create four Broadway productions; toured 48 states, Canada, and China with national companies ranging from opera to Nickelodeon; and spent 6 years touring with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes.
Gretchen Wright is an organizational development consultant and non-profit arts manager, dedicated to the discovery and resolution of organizational challenges. Before joining Organizational Performance Group as an Associate, she served as Associate Managing Director at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, as a Management Fellow at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, and as Managing Director of the 2014 Yale Summer Cabaret. Artistically, Gretchen has been a freelance director, modern dance performer, and piano player. She earned an MFA/MBA from the Yale School of Drama and the Yale School of Management, and received her BA in English and Theater from Duke University.
Danielle Zarbin is a proud graduate of Wellesley College. She is the Marketing Coordinator at Playwrights Horizons, as well as Director of Development at The Joust Theatre Company (NYC). This summer, she was the Associate Producer of 12th Night OR What You Will at The Brick Theater (Brooklyn). She has previously interned at: Manhattan Theatre Club, The Theater Offensive (Boston), and Erasing the Distance (Chicago).
Melissa Zimmerman earned her MFA at Yale School of Drama. She was the assistant managing director for Yale School of Drama and special events, Management Associate at Yale Cabaret, and assisted Harold Wolpert at Roundabout Theatre Company in New York. A passionate advocate for theatre education, Melissa spent three years as Producing Director of The Dwight/Edgewood Project- a student playwriting program in Greater New Haven. Previously, Melissa was the managing director of Act II Playhouse and Delaware Theatre Company. Most recently she served as the interim managing director at Philadelphia Theatre Company.